The auction will take place on the weekend of France’s heritage days, from Sept. 20 to 21. All proceeds will go towards the Foundation for Paris Hospitals and French Hospitals, French publication Le Figaro says.
Some of the pieces are reportedly from the time of Louis-Philippe I‘s reign between 1830 and 1848.
Hervé Lemoine, director of France’s Ministry of Culture agency Mobilier National, told Le Figaro that curators were drawing up a list of items to auction off, and the list won’t include “family silver.”
The Mobilier National, the Guardian reports, contains more than 130,000 rugs, chandeliers, chairs, ceramics, porcelain, furnishings, desk and other objects.
Lemoine also announced that the organization would be commissioning new works and restoration projects to support French artists out of work during the pandemic.
“Our first action will be to commission work to restore all the national collection by appealing to all craftspeople,” he told FranceInfo.
“The second will be to set up a special acquisitions committee to which young designers and creators can suggest their ideas and projects that we can buy then make.”
France has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, with more than 167,000 confirmed cases and more than 24,000 deaths as of Friday afternoon.
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